Blogger, photographer, visual story teller, occasional performer of personal stories @Barefaced Stories. Lover of nature, music and art. I work as a primary school teacher in Perth Western Australia, a pretty great place to live.
Highway to Hell
Bon Scott, born Ronald Belford Scott, is one of Perth’s claims to fame. He was by all accounts a raucous party animal with the reputation of being “socially maladjusted.” Australians love a tragic hero. The iconic lead singer of AC/DC who died in 1980, is buried in the Fremantle Cemetery. The place of his memorial has been listed as being of historical significance in the National Trust of Australian (WA) register. Over the years people have made the pilgrimage to his place of rest in their droves.
Inner City eScape
The persistent hammering of my alarm clock penetrates my sleep. I drag myself from slumber, grasping the last shred of my dream so that I can drag it into the here and now. Too late, it’s gone.
My grandmother was a wise woman. She had many sayings, among them “if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all” and this one:
Movies and Tapas
Better Days? I tend to optimism, so I feel everyday can be a “better day”. It’s not what you do but how you approach life. It could be something you do with a friend, a partner or even just yourself. It’s not necessarily where you go, where you eat or where you travel and it can be as simple as a trip to the movies.
Shark Bay Marine Reserve, Western Australia
”So long and thanks for all the fish” was the last ever message the dolphins in Douglas Adams’ “The Hitchhikers’ Guide to the Galaxy” left for the earthlings before vanishing.
My Top 30 Eighties Songs
I once was the queen of the “mix tape” back when the “mix tape” was a thing. I had an ear for a good mix. I knew just the right track to follow on from whatever came before. My fingers were deft with the record/pause combo that made for smooth change-overs along with a skill for “fading out” the previous song or at the end of a tape that was not quite long enough.
Nordic Noir For Dummies
So what is this Nordic Noir, this Scandinavian mystery? We all get sucked into watching them (don’t we?). The ubiquitous Nordic Noir television series that have flooded our streaming providers, Netflix, Stan, Foxtel and of course, SBS on demand over the past few years. When you have watched a few you realise that these frosty treats have a similar theme.
SUP Tonic Australia
One of the first things you notice about Maree Martin is her mane of curls and the way she always moves with a sense of purpose. She is quick to laugh and likes nothing better than welcoming new people into her group, SUP Tonic Australia. Maree is always happy to see you, she is warm and friendly and makes everyone feel comfortable even if it is their very first time on a board.
5 Reasons Why Exercising Outdoors is Good for the Soul
Every morning for as long as I can remember I step outside my front door at 5.25 am and head for my local park. In a sort of trance I place one foot in front of the other and complete three circuits before heading back up the hill to home. Every morning I walk with the same people; the shuffling elderly gent who has been shuffling around the park since before I was born; the father and daughter who walk side by side but don’t converse because she has headphones on; the two women who talk and gesticulate the whole way and the middle aged man who drags his reluctant golden Labrador along the path.
We hear of people worldwide including leaders and people in power referring to the corona virus as the “Chinese virus”. We hear of racist attacks on people of Asian appearance in Australia and other countries.
Everyday Heroes...always have been, always will be.
Dear Eco-warriors, I know it seems like the recent catastrophic bushfires in Australia was an event that took place sometime in another era but it was only a number of weeks ago that we were bombarded with images of burnt and dehydrated koalas on social media. We witnessed the destruction of many homes and the loss of many lives, both animals and people. We watched the news reports depicting the incredible destruction and the outpouring of grief.
Who’s Zooming Who?
Who’s Zooming Who? So, suddenly my social life is a series of Zoom meetings with or without wine and with or without pyjamas on. I have seen my face from every angle including the one where the skin on my neck looks like the underside of an elephant’s belly and the pimple on my left cheek looks like Vesuvius in full flight!